An overview on the current status of SEL in Canada

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This 11-page report, published in 2013, is unique for its focus on the current status of social and emotional learning in Canada. Commissioned by the Carthy Foundation and the Max Bell Foundation, it provides summary statistics on Canadian children’s behavioral and emotional problems (e.g., mental health issues, bullying) and related school outcomes (e.g., academic performance, school drop-out rates).

This brief also includes findings from interviews with 23 experts in the field of social and emotional learning and practice in Canada. The issues discussed include receptivity and awareness of SEL in Canada, environmental factors and trends that influence the development of SEL in Canada, barriers to advancement and gaps in the knowledge of SEL in Canada, and finally, opportunities for advancing SEL in Canada.